How can a start-up save thousands of lives?
By providing affordable risk assessment tools to diagnose and treat in the community…
Consider these shocking statistics: More than 76,000 pregnant women and at least 500,000 babies die every year as a result of a condition called pre-eclampsia, one of three leading causes of maternal mortality. That’s over 1,600 young women and babies dying every day, and more than 99% of these deaths are in the developing world – an issue of social injustice.
Our company’s researcher partners at the University of British Columbia have developed a risk assessment application for community health workers to identify cases of pregnant women at risk of life-threatening complications resulting from high blood pressure, known pre-eclampsia.
We launched LGThealth because we saw the tremendous potential of this life-saving mobile medical technology, now known as the Kenek family of vital sign monitors. That’s why we are committed to producing and distributing a variety of life-changing and innovative mobile medical devices.
We started with a clinical-grade pulse oximeter because it can diagnose late-stage pre-eclampsia as well as pneumonia, which kills over a million children under the age of five every year. Almost all of these deaths occur in resource-poor regions. The disturbing part is that these diseases can be managed with simple treatments if a diagnosis can be established early enough.
As a socially driven business, pulse oximetry is our initial application to be commercialized. The clinical impact of diagnosis and treatment through pulse oximetry increases dramatically in resource-limited regions but accessibility and affordability are key barriers to adoption worldwide.
Our Kenek Core interface will enable affordable, high-quality mobile sensors to be available for……
As a pediatric anesthesiologist, innovative sensor technology such as pulse oximetry has radically improved the safety of anesthesia in my hospital. In low-resource areas, many clinics - even hospitals - don’t have pulse oximeters. If they were available in every operating theatre and every emergency room, thousands of lives would be saved. Millions more could be saved if pulse oximeters were provided to frontline healthcare workers around the world.
Dr. Mark Ansermino
BC Children’s Hospital